Endemic chase comes to an end

Finally – Rockwarbler in the Hunter!

Rockwarbler is New South Wales’ only endemic. It’s a bit of an anomalous species, looking more like an Old World warbler than anything typically Australian. It is only found on sandstone outcrops in central coastal areas of the State. We’ve seen it well on previous trips to the Blue Mountains near Sydney but, despite extensive searching – including on this trip – we’ve never caught up with it in the Hunter. All that changed this morning when another early start took us to the Sugarloaf Mountains for dawn. Half an hour at the Lookout produced nothing and it was beginning to feel like another dip when Dan suggested we move further round the rock escarpment. Within a few minutes first one and then another appeared at very close quarters – the relief was palpable.

a couple more shots of this rather ‘Old World’ looking species
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